Friday, May 14, 2010

What's All the Bull About Anyway?

I've been working on a project that takes me to the financial district a couple times a week.  I am in one of the buildings right next to the "Charging Bull" statue on Broadway, up on the 8th floor with a perfect overhead view when I step over to the window.

Now, I know this is a tourist attraction and an iconic image of the Wall Street area, but I am still surprised each and every day by the sheer number of people crowded around that thing--posing with it, fondling it's b*!!s and taking pictures.  I have tried to get in the tourist state of mind as I am sure I have taken similarly strange photos on some of my own trips, but I am not really feeling it.

Even on a cloudy, misty day there were people stopping to gawk at it.  I surreptitiously (so as not to be confused with the tourists!) took a photo from across the street.  This is only a fraction of the people that are usually swarming around it:

I think I am becoming cynical.  I just don't see what all the bull is about this thing.  I haven't been on a vacation in a while...maybe I am just jealous and I need to take a trip.

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